2014 Foodie Awards: Market to Table

Make mealtime a breeze with 100 VT-approved grocery picks
2014 Foodie Awards

Too busy to plan every meal to perfection? No worries! For this year’s Foodie Awards, VT editors sampled and selected the yummiest, most convenient veg items for all sorts of eating occasions—from breakfast to lunch to dinner and beyond 
(c’mon, you totally deserve a treat). We nominated products in 
25 categories and asked you, our trusty readers, to vote for your favorites. Read on for the results, and don’t forget to whip out this comprehensive shopping list the next time you hit the market.

 

SNACK DRAWER

almond 
butter

readers’ pick
Justin’s Maple 
Almond Butter
Just a hint of maple sugar perks up this ultra-creamy nut butter, which comes 
in both jars and little packets for easy snacking on the 
fly. We dig it with crunchy apple slices.

runners-up
Artisana Raw Organic Almond Butter
MaraNatha Creamy Coconut Almond Butter
Once Again American Classic Creamy No Stir Almond Butter

primo popcorn

readers’ pick
Earth Balance 
Vegan Aged White 
Cheddar Flavor Popcorn
Craving cheesy popcorn? This vegan version, with 
its satisfying Cheddar-like topping, beats the real 
deal any day. Bonus: 
3 grams of hunger-quelling fiber per serving.

runners-up
479° Toasted Sesame + Seaweed Artisan Popcorn
Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop Sea Salt Popcorn
Quinn Kale & Sea Salt Popcorn

emergency 
bars

readers’ pick
Clif Kit’s Organic 
Coconut + Sesame 
Seeds Fruit + Seed Bar
A riff on the typical nut bar, this coconutty treat swaps in crunchy sesame seeds and gets natural sweetness from dates. Keep one (or three) at your desk.

runners-up
18 Rabbits Cherry, 
Dark Chocolate & 
Almond Granola Bar
Pure Organic Ancient Grains Triple Berry 
Nut Bar
Two Moms in the Raw Gojiberry Nut Bar

seaweed 
snacks

readers’ pick
Annie Chun’s 
Sesame Roasted 
Seaweed Snacks
Step aside, potato chips—these paper-thin seaweed snacks provide the same salty, crispy satisfaction 
at a fraction of the calories.

runners-up
gimMe Organic Teriyaki Roasted Seaweed Snacks
SeaSnax Stix Original Crispy Seaweed Strips
Sea Tangle Snacks Vegan Korean Nori

crunchy 
beans

readers’ pick
The Good Bean 
Cracked Pepper
Crispy Crunchy Chickpeas!
High in protein and fiber, these lightly seasoned chickpeas make the perfect energy-packed snack (you can toss them into soups, salads, and trail mixes too).

runners-up
cruncha ma-me Lightly Seasoned Edamame 
Veggie Snack
Saffron Road Bombay 
Spice Crunchy Chickpeas
Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Premium 
Black Edamame

 

BREAKFAST

quick oats

readers’ pick
Bob’s Red Mill Organic Scottish Oatmeal
Great for busy mornings, these finely ground oats cook into a supremely creamy porridge in just 10 minutes. Look for Bob’s Red Mill’s new gluten-free version too.

runners-up
Arrowhead Mills Organic Steel Cut Oats
Flahavan’s Quick to Cook Irish Steel Cut Oatmeal
Nature’s Path Organic Original Hot Oatmeal

plain yogurt
readers’ pick
Green Valley 
Organics Lactose 
Free Low Fat 
Plain Yogurt
This velvety favorite has 
all the calcium and good-for-you probiotics of 
regular yogurt—without 
any of the lactose. Add 
fresh or frozen berries 
to sweeten.

runners-up
Nancy’s Organic Plain Cultured Soy
Redwood Hill Farm Plain Goat Milk Yogurt
Wallaby Organic Plain Lowfat Creamy Australian Style Yogurt

sizzling 
stars

readers’ pick
MorningStar Farms Sausage Patties made with Organic Soy
Each of these chewy, 
spicy patties packs an impressive 9 grams of protein. Try them alongside scrambled eggs or tofu.

runners-up
Field Roast Apple Maple 
Breakfast Sausage
Lightlife Organic Smoky Tempeh Strips Fakin’ Bacon
Upton’s Naturals Bacon Seitan

English 
muffins

readers’ pick
Food for Life Ezekiel 4:9 Cinnamon Raisin English Muffins
Not just for breakfast, 
these sprouted whole-grain goodies do double duty 
as a sweet midnight snack. We love toasting them and topping with coconut oil.

runners-up
Glutino Gluten Free 
English Muffins
Oroweat 100% Whole Wheat English Muffins
Rudi’s Organic Bakery Multigrain English Muffins with Flax

unsweetened 
milks

readers’ pick

Califia Farms 
Unsweetened Pure Almondmilk
Delicately nutty and silky smooth, this nut milk could totally pass for homemade. Stir into coffee, pour over breakfast cereal, or sip it straight.

runners-up
Edensoy Organic Unsweetened Soymilk
Organic Valley Grassmilk Organic Milk
So Delicious Unsweetened Cashew Milk Beverage

 

LUNCH

bean soups

readers’ pick
Pacific Organic 
Spicy Black Bean 
& Kale Soup
Meet your new favorite emergency meal: a chunky, filling soup that needs 
only a hunk of good crusty bread to sop up the tomatoey broth.

runners-up
Fig Food Co. Tuscan 
White Bean Soup
Imagine Organic Savory Black Bean Soup
Right Foods Dr. McDougall’s Organic Tortilla Style Soup

burritos 
& wraps

readers’ pick
Amy’s Southwestern Burrito
Not your average bean-and-cheese burrito, this midday staple gets extra oomph from jalapeño chiles and fire-roasted poblanos.

runners-up
Sukhi’s Veggie Samosa Street Wrap
Sweet Earth Natural Foods The Kyoto Burrito
Tandoor Chef Masala Dosa

crisp bread 
crackers

readers’ pick
Wasa Light Rye Crispbread
This thin, delicate crispbread strikes just 
the right balance between nutritious and delicious. Grab a few to top with hummus, cheese, or mashed avocado.

runners-up
Ak-Mak Sesame Crackers
GG Unique Fiber Sunflower Seed Scandinavian Thins
Ryvita Wholegrain Rye Crispbread, Pumpkin 
Seeds & Oats

bottled teas
readers’ pick
Teas’Tea 
Unsweetened 
Jasmine Green Tea
For a refreshing midday energy boost, grab this earthy, aromatic green tea, which has no added sugars and just a third of the caffeine of coffee.

runners-up
Harmless Harvest Raw Honey & Lemon 100% 
Raw Tea
Harney & Sons Organic Green with Coconut Transporting Green Tea
Runa Clean Energy Traditional Guayusa Tea

hearty dips

readers’ pick
Eat Well Embrace 
Life Edamame 
Hummus with 
Roasted Red 
Peppers
Switch up your hummus routine! Protein-rich edamame stars in this 
tasty twist on the popular dip. Pair with veggies, slather on pita, or use as 
a sandwich spread.

runners-up
Better Bean Wholly Chipotle Bean Dip
Hope Foods Hope Dips Organic Original 
Lentil Dip
Tribe Forty Spices 
Hummus

 

DINNER

quick-cooking 
grains

readers’ pick
Bob’s Red Mill 
Whole Wheat Pearl Couscous
Plump, chewy, hearty pearl couscous makes an excellent substitute for other grains in salads and veggie bowls. Tip: for stronger flavor, cook in 
broth instead of water.

runners-up
Kashi 7 Whole Grain Pilaf
Lundberg Organic Quick Wild Rice
TruRoots Accents Organic Sprouted Quinoa Trio

light coconut 
milk

readers’ pick
So Delicious 
Lite Culinary 
Coconut Milk

Recipe-ready coconut 
milk, which adds instant creamy goodness to 
soups and stews, gets 
a BPA-free makeover 
with a new carton.

runners-up
A Taste of Thai Lite Coconut Milk
Native Forest Light 
Organic Coconut Milk
Thai Kitchen Organic 
Lite Coconut Milk

“meaty” mix-ins

readers’ pick
gardein Mandarin 
Crispy Chick’n
For a foolproof 
stir-fry the whole 
family will love, 
simply combine these sweet-and-salty bites 
with broccoli, cashews, 
and brown rice. Voila!

runners-up
Beyond Meat Beefy Beef-Free Crumble
Turtle Island Foods Coconut Curry Marinated Tempeh
Wildwood Organic SprouTofu Teriyaki
Baked Tofu

soy (and soy-free) 
sauces

readers’ pick
Ohsawa Organic 
Nama Shoyu 
Unpasteurized 
Soy Sauce
Nama shoyu (aka 
the Champagne of 
soy sauce) isn’t cheap, 
but one splash of this 
richly flavored stuff will make you a convert.

runners-up
Bragg Liquid Aminos
Ojio Organic Soy Sauce Alternative
San-J Tamari Lite Gluten Free Soy Sauce

frozen 
veggie 
finds

readers’ 
pick
Trader Joe’s Artichoke Hearts
Stash these babies in your freezer, and you’ll have tender, brightly flavored, ready-to-go artichoke hearts without the bother of cutting up the prickly veggie.

runners-up
Earthbound Farm 
Organic Kale
Seapoint Farms Organic Edamame Shelled Soybeans
Wild Veggie Red Bell Pepper Veggie Purée

 

TREAT YO’ SELF

organic chocolate

readers’ pick
Endangered Species 
Organic Dark 
Chocolate & Natural 
Cherry Flavor
Dark cherry flavor adds fruity flair to this smooth-as-can-be chocolate bar. Even sweeter: Endangered Species donates 10 percent of net profits to conser-vation, preservation, and humanitarian organizations.

runners-up
Alter Eco Dark Quinoa Organic Chocolate
Lake Champlain 
Chocolates Organic 
Sea Salt & Almonds
Taza Chocolate Cacao Puro Chocolate Mexicano

artisan cheese

readers’ pick
Cypress Grove
Midnight Moon 
Aged Goat Milk 
Cheese
Paired with fig jam and arugula on a baguette, 
this subtly sweet and 
nutty Gouda-style 
cheese is nothing short 
of addictive.

runners-up
Cowgirl Creamery Mt Tam
Kite Hill White Alder Soft Ripened Nut Product
Vermont Creamery Bonne Bouche

fizzy drinks

readers’ pick
KeVita Tangerine 
Sparkling Probiotic 
Drink
KeVita’s signature ginger-ale-like kick gets a hit of citrusy tang in this new flavor.

runners-up
Ayala’s Ginger Lemon Peel Sparkling Herbal Water
Q Sparkling 
Grapefruit Soda
Reed’s Organic Raw 
Culture Club Cabernet Grape Kombucha

desserts 
on a stick

readers’ pick
Julie’s Organic 
Ice Cream Fudge Bars
If you liked Fudgsicles as 
a kid, you’ll love this outrageously creamy upgrade, made with organic chocolate ice cream and no artificial ingredients.

runners-up
Ciao Bella Blueberry Passion Sorbet Bars
Luna & Larry’s Organic Coconut Bliss Café 
Latte Bars
Ruby Rocket’s Galaxy Green Frozen Fruit & Vegetable Pops

splurge-worthy cookies

readers’ pick
Amy’s Gluten Free Classic 
Shortbread Cookie
Serve these rich, buttery cookies at a party, and nobody will guess they’re gluten-free. Almond flour lends a welcome nutty flavor to the classic treat.

runners-up
Effie’s Homemade Pecan Nutcakes
Tate’s Bake Shop Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate Cookies
Uncle Eddie’s Vegan 
Peanut Butter Chocolate-Chip Cookies

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comments

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ann - 2014-09-15 18:13:55